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Jacqueline Unanue
Meditations XVI
Acrylic on canvas
18" x 18"

About the Work
My series titled Meditations was created during the COVID-19 quarantine. This body of work was intended to interpret that moment of the whole of humanity: the isolation, the loneliness, and at the same time, the connections that unite us as humans, all giving us hope. During the process and through daily meditation, an internal calmness has allowed me to focus on my creative process. It has also allowed me to revisit my roots and accept inspiration from Mother Earth's palette. While painting, I listen to The Buddha's Tears, Armenian music performed with its ancient traditional instrument, the duduk. It imparts a powerful connection and with it, the sounds of a collective lament inherent of the current situation.

Jacqueline Unanue is a Chilean-American artist living and working in art in Philadelphia since 2000.

She studied graphic design at the Universidad de Chile, Valparaíso, and received formal training in drawing, painting, art history at Fines Art School of Vina del Mar, Chile. While a student, she became interested in the rock art found in Chile, meeting renowned archaeologist, Hans Niemeyer, who soon became her mentor. Unanue traveled extensively through Chile's Atacama Desert doing on-site rock art research in the solitary valleys, mountains and cliff areas where original ancient rock paintings and carvings exist. In Spain, she studied the pre-historic paintings of the Altamira caves in the Basque Country, the home of her paternal ancestors.
In 1989, Unanue received the Critic's Award in Visual Arts from the Valparaíso Art Critics Association in Chile. She was awarded grants sponsored by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile (DIRAC) for her solo exhibits at Guayasamín Foundation in Ecuador (1997), and at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC (2000). In 2015, she received the Latin American Women in Art and Cultural Tribute recognition in New York. Recently in 2022, she was selected by The Woodmere Annual 80Th Juried Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Since 1983, Jacqueline Unanue's work has been numerously shown in both solo and group exhibitions around the world, specifically Chile, Spain, Finland, Ecuador, Argentina, and the United States in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York.

Her work resides in many private and public collections in the Americas and Europe. Among them: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; The PNC Bank Tower Collection, Pittsburgh PA; Gabriela Mistral Campus, Queens, NY; Gabriela Mistral Foundation, New York NY; Diners Club Collection, Quito, Ecuador; and Corporación Cultural, Vina del Mar, Chile.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Ricardo Guajardo who is a designer and artist as well. Currently she is represented by Muse Gallery Philadelphia.


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